West Sabretooths batter  dodges a headhunter in the game against Wests Lynx at Frank Coulthard Oval on Saturday.
West Sabretooths batter dodges a headhunter in the game against Wests Lynx at Frank Coulthard Oval on Saturday. Max Fleet

Across the waves sent crashing

An inspired last innings batting display from Les Kuorikoski and Craig Silcox led cellar-dwellers Brothers United 7 to an 8-4 win over the number-one ranked Across The Waves on Saturday.

With the scores locked at 4-4 Kuorikoski hit two home runs and Silcox one to upset the top side.

“We batted well when it counted and all-in-all fielded pretty well, that was the key,” player-coach Stuart Gesling said.

“That win has boosted our confidence again and sets us up for a great little run home.”

It was United’s second win on the trot and no real surprise for Gesling, who is well aware of what his team is capable of.

“It just shows how tight this competition is really,” he said.

“When we can field our full-strength side we are on par with every other team, we’ve just struggled to do that this season.”

Gesling was part of the premiership-winning Brothers team last year, but has had to familiarise himself with the bottom end of the table this season.

Last year’s winning side was divided to create two Brothers teams this year, weakening the club to some extent.

“It’s not as if the same side has gone from winning the thing to being on the bottom, obviously the personnel is very different this season,” he said.

“The two Troys (Law and Maude) are both very good players and the team has basically run through the three of us until this year.”

But Maude and Law are both playing for United 8 this year, leaving a big hole to fill.

Two good results have pushed United 7 in the right direction, but they will need to continue their winning ways this season if they are any chance of playing in the finals.

“I haven’t done the maths, but I doubt we can afford to lose any more,” Gesling said.

The pitcher did it all on his own, as Hervey Bay pitching recruit Jesse Maustakis, and his brother Angel, were unavailable.

“Hopefully they can return next week and we’ll be even better. They are both handy basically anywhere on the field,” Gesling said.



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